Sean Kottke's Reviews > Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home

Our Man in Tehran by Robert  Wright
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Aug 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, adult-recreational

I picked this up as prelude to seeing Argo later this fall (and possibly reading the upcoming tie-in book by the agent who conceived the scheme). What I got was a detailed - and very timely - discussion of the history of Iranian-American relations, an international relations tragedy if ever there was one. The story moves at a fast clip, and while I did get lost in the sea of diplomats' names, the main thrust of the historical narrative remained strong, thanks to the excellent focus on the activities of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. The Argo affair is actually a pretty brief portion of the book, reflecting the degree to which back story and careful preparation are critical to the success of such operations. Having seen some of the artifacts from this operation at the International Spy Museum, I got a kick out of reading an extended account of this real-life spy operation, and my appetite is whetted for the movie!

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